We’ve received a number of inquiries from readers about the “extra” federal holiday President Obama declared recently for the day after Christmas. While most veteran postal workers know that these extra holidays rarely apply to them, the executive order, as published, doesn’t contain an explicit exception for the USPS.
The Office of Personnel Management memo implementing the executive order, however, does state that the holiday only applies to “non-Postal Service employees”:
The President has issued an Executive order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, with pay and without a charge to leave, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public need. For pay and leave purposes, December 26, 2014, will be treated as falling within the scope of statutes and Executive orders governing holidays for Federal employees.
The memo further states:
Employees of the U.S. Postal Service and contract employees should contact their supervisor (or contract officer) to obtain information on their pay and leave entitlements for December 26th.
Read more: OPM memo on December 26 2014 holiday.